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September 2016


Interactive Workshop for Plastic Packaging

Date/Time: 9/28/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Notes: Learn about the latest Packing Innovations and Technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

Export Growth Strategy Workshop

Date/Time: 9/28/2016, 8:30AM - 4:00PM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: Join us this unique one-day export event jointly presented by the Quad Cities Manufacturing Innovation Hub and Iowa State University to learn how you can develop a plan to increase your exports and increase your top-line revenue. Whether you are new to exporting or already are exporting this event will help you put a pro-active plan in-place to manage and increase exports. At this event you will learn: The characteristics of successful exporters How to identify target markets and conduct market research How to develop a strong marketing message for international customers The key elements of an export growth plan What resources are available (Export Village) to help you develop and implement a successful export plan

Supply Chain Risk Management

Date/Time: 9/28/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Kirkwood Training and Outreach Services, 3375 Armar Dr, Marion, IA
Notes: Does a potential disruption in your supply chain keep you up at night? Worried about a key supplier going out of business? Not sure where to start? This workshop will cover the basics of risk management applied to the supply chain. It will teach approaches to identify, prioritize, and handle risk in an easy to use approach. Attendees will start creating their own supplier risk profile during the course and receive all the tools necessary to implement a full program. A must-have for any company beginning the transition to ISO 9001:2015!

Using Metal Additive as a Strategic Advantage

Date/Time: 9/29/2016, 10:00AM - 3:00PM
Location: 1805 Collaboration Place, Ames, IA, Room 1200A/B
Notes: What if you could go from an idea to production in just 3 days? How would that change your company? Learn how using a combination of digital tools and additive manufacturing can revolutionize your product development process. CIRAS will tell the story of how they went from a series of product ideas to a mass-produced injection molded product in just 3 days, and teach some of the background techniques that can help you pull off similar feats. Contact Mike O'Donnell for more information at modonnll@iastate.edu

October 2016


A Comprehensive Approach to Mitigate Combustible Dust

Date/Time: 10/4/2016, 9:00AM - 4:30PM
Location: Iowa State University, Alumni Center
Notes: Join us for a free seminar to learn about the dangers of combustible dust, discover what industries are susceptible to dust explosions, review dust cleaning methods, and much more! To register and find out more, visit www.lewellyn.com/DUST or call (800) 242-6673. This workshop is presented by CIRAS, Lewellyn Technology, and Hughes Environmental.

ABI Advanced Manufacturing Conference

Date/Time: 10/4/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Prairie Meadows
Notes: A can't miss event for Iowa manufacturers and those looking to do business with manufacturers.

Fall 2016 CIRAS Internet Marketing Strategy Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/4/2016 - 10/6/2016, 10:00am-4:00pm
Location: The Kirkwood Hotel Conference Center, Cedar Rapids, IA
Notes: Join us and discover how to take charge of your website and on-line presence to make it the trule effective marketing tool it has to be. Early Bird Registration ends Friday September 2nd, 2016.

Market Research

Date/Time: 10/5/2016, 11:30AM - 1:00PM
Location: IWCC, Looft Hall, Council Bluffs, IA
Notes: Provide you with an overview of the importance of initial and ongoing research, tactical tools for market research, and a baseline to being your own market research for government customers. For more information, contact Andy Alexander, andyalex@iastate.edu

Corridor Procurement Workshop

Date/Time: 10/6/2016, 8AM - NOON
Location: Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Public Library, Beems Auditorium A
Notes: This will be a half day event in Cedar Rapids with procurement representatives from Alliant Energy, City of Cedar Rapids, State of Iowa Agencies and the Targeted Small Business program. Learn not only how these agencies solicit their opportunities, but also get an opportunity to network with these agencies in person. Build those critical relationships in government sector.

Fall CIRAS Video Marketing Boot Camp

Date/Time: 10/10/2016 - 10/11/2016, 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: The Hotel Kirkwood Conference Center
Notes: Join us and discover how to improve your business with online video marketing! Early Bird Registration ends September 9th, 2016.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 10/11/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Government Contracting Lunch & Learn

Date/Time: 10/11/2016, Noon-1pm
Location: BioVentures Center, UI Research Park, 2500 Crosspark Rd, Coralville, IA 52241
Notes: Co-sponsored by the UI Research Park and the Small Business Development Center, this Lunch and Learn will be a presentation by Julie Fagle of CIRAS. ?Selling to the government is a profitable market for businesses. Learn about getting started with government contracting; opportunities on federal, state, and local levels; available resources; and tips to determine if selling to the government is right for you.

ILC Fall Conference

Date/Time: 10/12/2016 - 10/13/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Cedar Rapids Marriott
Notes: Save the date! ILC Fall Conference will be held October 12-13, 2016 at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Featuring two keynote speakers (Rich Sheridan and Jeff Liker), breakout session, intensive workshops, exhibitors, and a networking reception.

Interactive Workshop for Plastic Packaging

Date/Time: 10/12/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Polk County Extension Office, Altoona, IA
Notes: Learn about the latest packaging innovations and technologies and how to exploit them for your strategic advantage. This will be an interactive and hands-on session.

ITAR Training Seminar & Workshop

Date/Time: 10/12/2016, 8AM - 3:30PM
Location: Linn County Extension Office, 383 Collins Rd NW, Suite 201, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
Notes: CIRAS will be offering an ITAR Training Seminar during the morning of October 12th in Cedar Rapids to introduce companies to The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and United States Munitions List. During the afternoon an ITAR Workshop will be held to provide hands-on experience in ITAR documentation. Attendees can participate in either the training seminar or workshop or both. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. Our trainer is the highly regarded international attorney and adjacent professor Mr. George W. Thompson who is based in in Washington D.C. He has served as an Attorney Advisor with the U.S. International Trade Commission. He currently is an adjacent professor with George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs; and operates a successful law firm representing domestic, foreign, and importing interests in trade remedy cases before the United States Commerce Department and International Trade Commission.

Understanding Your Customer & Finding Government Bidding Opportunities

Date/Time: 10/12/2016, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Ho Chunk Centre, 600 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
Notes: Knowing your customer is a vital part of effectively selling your product or service. This course will introduce you to tools and resources that will help you understand your customer and increase sales. The second portion of this class is intended to help small businesses successfully compete for federal contracting opportunities. It includes an overiew of the regulations, policies, and best practices of the government contracting process. Speakers are Andy Alexander, CIRAS Government Contract Specialist from Iowa State University and Todd Rausch, Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center. For more information, contact Andy at andyalex@iastate.edu

Manufacturing Partnership and Networking Event

Date/Time: 10/13/2016, 9AM - 12:00PM
Location: Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon
Notes: Manufacturers who are involved or interested in government contracting and would like to network to collaborate and partner with other manufacturers to increase business opportunities. Also, learn about strategic plan development and implementation to realize significant improvements in overall performance through effective development and implementation of a strategic plan.

Aileron Executive Development Program

Date/Time: 10/18/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji
Notes: Aileron is an executive training program created by Clay Mathile, former owner of Iams Pet Food, to assist presidents and senior executives of growing companies. Aileron unleashes the power of private business by empowering presidents and senior executives to clarify their strategic direction, align operations, and establish controls to ensure success. Okoboji is the first location outside of the organizational headquarters in Ohio to partner to host the Aileron sessions. Already we've had two sessions with more than 20 Presidents and 40+ senior executives. The next Course for Presidents is October 18-19 in Okoboji, followed immediately by a Course for Senior Executives October 20-21. The cost for the former is $2,200; the latter is $900. (Lodging not included.) In addition to the two-day training, the presidents receive eight follow-up sessions with an assigned business advisor. For more information, contact Mark Reinig at mreinig@iastate.edu

HACCP Workshop

Date/Time: 10/20/2016 - 10/22/2016, 1:00pm - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: A HACCP workshop will be held at the Iowa State University Meat Laboratory October 20-22, 2016. The course is designed to review the philosophy and principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point system and to discuss how to implement HACCP in plants. This HACCP training program is consistent with the intent and scope of the USDA, FSIS regulation.

Marketing to the Government Session 4: B2G Social Media Marketing

Date/Time: 10/25/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session will also dive deeper into another specific area of marketing strategy, and one that has continued to grow and become more relevant for Government contractors/agencies. The session will explain how the Government uses social media, and how you as a company can capitalize on this and better utilize social media platforms to augment your other marketing strategies. The session will also provide some answers to common company challenges and best practices for moving forward with a social media marketing presence. Most of the discussions in this session can also easily translate to your other business endeavors.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

Developing a Capability Statement for Government Contracting

Date/Time: 10/25/2016, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Location: ISU Webster County Extension Office, 217 S. 25th St, Suite C12, Fort Dodge IA 50501
Notes: Capabilities Statements are a great way to clearly and simply communicate your core competencies, past performance and general company information to Government customers. The Government also utilizes these statements when reviewing a company's "fit" with their agency. During this 2 hour hands-on workshop, you'll discover how to develop a robust and concise company marketing piece to share with Government customers and assist with your Government marketing pursuits. Contact Jodi Essex at jodir@iastate.edu for more information.

November 2016


Design of Experiments

Date/Time: 11/2/2016, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Location: FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny
Notes: this course will cover one of the more powerful statistical tools used in design and process optimization: Design of Experiments (DOE). Heavily based on Minitab® statistical software, the material will introduce you to the 3 types of experiments: Fractional Factorial (screening), Full Factorial (interaction), and Surface Response (optimization) Experiments. During the class, you will understand how DOE's are set up, how they work, and how to analyze and interpret the results. You will plan for, conduct, and analyze each of the types of experiments using a simple device (X-pult) that will give the participant an opportunity to better understand the capabilities of Design of Experiments

Export Conference Risks & Rewards in Exporting

Date/Time: 11/4/2016, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Location: Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 200 N Main St, Fairfield, IA
Notes: This conference will provide information for businesses that are already exporting and those that are considering exporting as a new market. Keynote Speaker: US Embassy in Chile, Mary Lathrop. Food & chemicals, ag machinery, construction equipment, building products, materials handling, plastics; and financing and insuring for export will be discussed.

GovCon 101

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Basic Sausage Short Course

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.

Succession Planning

Date/Time: 11/8/2016, 11AM - 4PM
Location: Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA
Notes: More details to follow

LeanWise SE

Date/Time: 11/9/2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm
Location: UnityPoint Health - Trinity Muscatine
Notes: Session 6 of 6 An opportunity to develop strengths (knowledge, skills and talents) to fully fill your role in the driver's seat A safe place to share challenges and opportunities Unvarnished advice from a group of trusted peers A group that understands your world and can help you guide through it A certified facilitator to help you find you own answers to challenges before you Each session includes a Lean/Continous Improvement related presentation, facility tour, facilitated sharing and lunch. For more information contact Holly Mueggenberg, Member Programs Coordinator, Iowa ABI, 515.235.0572 hmueggenberg@iowaabi.org

Journey to Your Vision

Date/Time: 11/10/2016, 8:00AM - 1:00PM
Location: Iowa Western Community College Depot, Clarinda IA
Notes: Every business faces peaks and valleys as they progress through stages of growth. Do you know what stage your business is in and how you can reach the next level? Attend this valuable one-day seminar to help stack the odds in your favor by understanding the stages of business growth, their unique challenges, and methods to overcome them. Led by Mike Kleis, President - Renaissance Executive Forums of Iowa and Joel Bennett, Lead Consultant - Veel Hoeden Consulting, this “hands-on” event will provide an opportunity to discuss your challenges with other business owners and utilize the collective power of their experience to help you address these barriers head on. Registration is free. Seminar value is $350.00 and is being underwritten by Iowa Farm Bureau's Renew Rural Iowa program and Iowa State University's CIRAS. Please contact Connie DeGroote at CDegroote@ifbf.org or via telephone at 800.254.9670 with questions regarding this event.

Government Contracting Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/11/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu with any questions.

Registering Your Business & Picking the Correct Legal Entity

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Ho Chunk Centre, 600 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
Notes: Choosing and registering your business name is a key step to legally operating your business and potentially obtaining finacial aid from the government. Choosing the right business entity allows an entrepreueur to reduce liability exposure, minimize taxes, and ensure that the business can be financed and run efficiently. Join us to learn more about how to regiser your business with the government and select a legal business entity. Speakers are Andy Alexander, CIRAS Government Contract Specialist from Iowa State University and Tood Rausch, Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center. For more information, contact Andy at andyalex@iastate.edu

Subcontracting Opportunities

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This online session will help attendees understand subcontracting opportunities and where these opportunities may be a better “fit” for some companies and industries, as well as a great initial way to build past performance. This session will also help companies understand subcontracting plans, will provide some tactical processes to identify subcontracting opportunities, and will provide an overview of how to effectively perform initial outreach for subcontracting marketing. Prerequisite: It is recommended that you participate in GovCon 101, or have had a one-on-one meeting with a CIRAS Government contracting specialist prior to attending this session. Attending one of our Market Research workshops can also help you determine whether subcontracting is appropriate, but it is not required.

Food & Beverage, Feed & Grain Processors Innovation Summit

Date/Time: 11/15/2016, 8am - 4pm
Location: Ames, IA Gateway Hotel and Conference Center
Notes: This event will include technology presentations in the morning and a technology booth/tradeshow in the afternoon. The morning session may include talks on additive manufacturing, packaging evaluation, sensory science, health and nutritional, internet marketing/recruiting and business model innovation among others. A university or industry expert will speak on the technology topic and highlight ways that it may be able to cut costs or grow sales for your business. The afternoon session allows for a more intimate project discussion with the experts where one can determine how to actually implement one or more of the technologies presented. It's an engaging environment with many opportunities to network that you won't want to miss!

Government Networking Group

Date/Time: 11/18/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: ISU Scott County Extension Office, 875 Tanglefoot Lane, Bettendorf, IA 52722
Notes: The intent of this networking group is to provide a venue for companies currently pursuing or interested in pursuing Government contracting to network with other companies in their region as well as discuss Government contracting topics, challenges or news in an open forum setting. CIRAS Government contracting specialists will help facilitate the discussions. Contact Beth White at whiteb@iastate.edu with any questions.

Marketing to the Government Session 5: Using Unsolicited Proposals for Marketing

Date/Time: 11/22/2016, 9:00AM - 10:00AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This session reviews the federal government’s policy of encouraging the submission of new and innovative ideas in response to Broad Agency Announcements (BAA), Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics, Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBTTR) topics, Program Research and Development Announcements (PR&DA), or any other government-initiated solicitation or program. When the new and innovative ideas do not fall under topic areas publicized under those programs or techniques, the ideas may be submitted as unsolicited proposals.Prerequisite: It is recommended that you attend GovCon 101 and Market Research prior to attending any of the Marketing Modules, but especially sessions 2-5. All of the Marketing Modules can be attended at any time, however likely you will get the most out of the series if you attend them in sequence.

December 2016


GovCon 101

Date/Time: 12/13/2016, 9:00AM-10:30AM
Location: WEBINAR
Notes: This 1.5 hour session will give you an introduction of Government Contracting and discuss the various factors you may want to consider before entering this market. We'll discuss how the Government market differs from the commercial market, the pros and cons of servicing this market, how the government buys, and all the various steps required in order to sell to the Government. Prerequisite: There are no recommended prerequisites for this session.

Registrations/Certifications

Date/Time: 12/13/2016, 9:00 - 11:30AM
Location: Cedar Falls
Notes: This 2.5 hour session will provide you with an overview of the different registrations and certifications available to companies interested in doing business in the government sector. Attendees will receive a top-level briefing from each organization and then have an opportunity to participate in round table discussions hosted by the each of these areas: Small Business Administration: HUBZone Program, 8(a) Business Development Program/Small Disadvantaged Business Preference Program, Woman-Owned Small Business / Economically Disadvantaged Woman-Owned Small Business Program Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals: Targeted Small Business Program (TSB) Iowa Department of Transportation: Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE) North Central Minority Supplier Development Council: Minority Business Enterprise Certification (MBE) CIRAS' Procurement Technical Assistance Program: Veteran Owned Small Business Program, Service Disabled Veteran Small Business Program, System for Award Management, other state / local registrations and certifications Get your questions answered for any and all of these registrations and certifications from your local point of contact!

Chamber Connect Networking Event

Date/Time: 12/15/2016, 7:30AM - 8:30AM
Location: 149 West Broadway, Council Bluffs
Notes: Chamber connect business networking event that provides businesses the forum to exchange ideas, expertise, information, and leads. A certified Government Contract Specialist will also attend this group to assist members in selling their goods/services to town, city, county, state or federal governments from the ISU CIRAS procurement technical assistance program. Contact Andy Alexander to register, andyalex@iastate.edu

How to Write a Proposal & Sources for Business Capitol Financing

Date/Time: 12/21/2016, 11:00AM - 2:00PM
Location: Ho Chunk Centre, 600 4th Street, Sioux City, IA 51101
Notes: This class will provide you with an overiew of how to write a standard project proposal to a respond to a government solcitation. It will include the basic elements of a proposal, the do's and don'ts of writing and submitting a proposal, and how to follow-up whether the answer is yes or no. If you are starting a business or trying to grow an existing business, you almost certainly will need money. This money can come from many different sources. This training will help you identify which sources are most appropriate for your business. Speakers are Andy Alexander, CIRAS Government Contract Specialist from Iowa State University and Todd Rausch, Regional Director of the Iowa Small Business Development Center. For more information, contact Andy at andyalex@iastate.edu

January 2017


Cured Meat Short Course

Date/Time: 1/17/2017, 8:00am - Noon
Location: Iowa State University Meat Laboratory
Notes: With a focus on the technology of sausage processing, short course topics range from lectures on basic meat science to demonstrations of processing techniques. Speakers, nationally and internationally recognized authorities in their fields, will provide information about the latest technology available. Enrollment for this course is limited to 60 so that participants have ample opportunities to interact with speakers and staff and have their questions answered. Iowa State University’s modern Meat Laboratory allows participants to observe demonstrations utilizing the latest technology.